East Dunbartonshire: Trails + Tales

Baldernock Parish Church

In early July, John took a week off work. This coincided with the time when restrictions on how far you could travel for leisure in Scotland eased slightly, and we ventured into the countryside for the first time since lockdown. Not too far, just over the city boundary to East Dunbartonshire where we discovered a network of Trails + Tales, several of which we followed.

Baldernock Trail

The Baldernock trail started at the pretty parish church, and had attractive views – even if we could still see the city in the distance.

Torrance Trail

The Torrance Trail started at the village war memorial. It was cold and wet as the pictures probably show.

A feature of most of the trails is a series of public artworks (Jaqueline Donachie’s tributes to women health workers already appeared in my Three times a lady post). Here we found Gumnut and a whole row of eight or nine Scholars Rocks, one of which had been customised with a small plaque reading “ALS and RR Kissing Post 2019”. Aww!

My lockdown hair was bad, but not usually this bad! The wind and rain had done their worst. Towards the end of the walk we came across a row of tenements which looked quite odd set amongst fields.

Once back in Torrance, we added on an extra loop out to Cadder Church via the River Kelvin and the golf course, and back along the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Lennoxtown / Clachan of Campsie trail

The highlight of this day was not part of the trail as such. We went “off piste” to tour the immaculate grounds of Schoenstatt. The Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt is a Roman Catholic Marian movement founded in Germany in 1914 by Father Joseph Kentenich. Its name, which aptly means beautiful place, refers to a small village near Koblenz. Schoenstatt Scotland operates as a Retreat Centre.


The final trail we followed was round the town of Kirkintilloch and the nearby village of Waterside. It was very green with parkland, river and canal, an old cemetery to explore, historic buildings, and artworks. There was even a ghost sign to enjoy. However, we got very wet again – John does know how to pick a week off!

So those were our first, baby steps outside the city after lockdown: life was starting to feel more normal. Linked to Jo’s Monday Walks. Her temperatures are a bit hotter than mine!

69 thoughts on “East Dunbartonshire: Trails + Tales

  1. rosemaylily2014 August 24, 2020 / 10:12

    It must have been lovely to get out of town for a bit Anabel even if the weather was bad! Love all the photos but the one of the mother swan and her brood of cygnets is especially cute 🙂


  2. sustainabilitea August 21, 2020 / 23:48

    What a wonderful walk to break away from being at home! Now that we live in Arizona, it’s hard to imagine all that rain. A lot of rain here might be 1/2″. 🙂



  3. BeckyB August 16, 2020 / 18:07

    And such a wonderful trail guide.


  4. BeckyB August 16, 2020 / 18:06

    Oh that swan picture, so wonderful


  5. edgar62 August 12, 2020 / 23:55

    Is the Forth and Clyde operational?. I heard somewhere that it was being reused as a leisure canal. I’ve loved all the walks recently. I like John’s photographs.


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter August 13, 2020 / 00:01

      Yes, it’s operational all the way from coast to coast. It was restored as a Millennium Project. Glad you like the walks and the photos.


  6. Eunice August 11, 2020 / 20:37

    Love the swan and sleepy cygnets and Schoenstatt looks very Austrian or Bavarian. Chico’s corner looks cute, is there any significance?


      • Eunice August 12, 2020 / 09:03

        I first thought maybe in memory of a much loved little dog but looking at the ornaments maybe a child with that nickname? Curiouser and curiouser…. 🙂


        • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter August 12, 2020 / 09:09

          Yes, googling is no help either! It’s not somebody’s garden, it’s part of the communal grassy area, so I assume most residents would have to agree to it being there.


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